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SAP Identity Service: An Overview and Application Scenarios

Welcome to HO2 and our InnovateSAP initiative, which aims to bring clarity and understanding to complex topics such as BTP’s SAP Identity Service. In this introduction, we’ll take a deep dive into SAP Identity Service, which plays a central role in managing user identities and permissions, both in the cloud and on-premise environments. Our expertise and innovative approaches, especially through the InnovateSAP initiative, enable us to offer effective solutions that meet the needs of modern businesses.

What is SAP Identity Service?

The SAP Identity Service consists of two main components: Identity Authentication and Identity Provisioning. These services provide basic user authentication and provisioning capabilities that are essential for all Intelligent Enterprise integration and/or extension scenarios.

Identity Authentication

Identity Authentication is a cloud service for authentication, single sign-on (SSO) and user management in SAP cloud and on-premise applications. It can act as an identity provider as well as a proxy to integrate with an existing single sign-on infrastructure.

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Identity provisioning provides a comprehensive and cost-effective approach to identity lifecycle management in the cloud. It helps to provide identities and their permissions for various cloud and on-premise business applications.Role Collections - SAP BTP Cockpit

Application Scenarios and Benefits

The flexibility and depth of integration of the SAP Identity Service enable a variety of application scenarios, ranging from business-to-employee (B2E) to business-to-business (B2B) to business-to-consumer (B2C). Here are some examples:

  • Secure user management and access control: The Cloud Identity Service makes it possible to integrate existing user managements, eliminating the need for separate maintenance of internal application users in the cloud.
  • Standards and certifications: Customers can comply with high security guidelines with the standards and certifications offered.
  • Integration with other IAM solutions: Other IAM solutions can be integrated by using standards for authentication (OAuth) and replication of users (SCIM).
  • External user management: External users can be managed separately in the cloud, allowing access to digital workspaces.
  • Additional layer of security: For external access, BTP provides an additional layer of security over direct access to the corporate network.

InnovateSAP: Our contribution

Through our InnovateSAP initiative, we not only provide education about such key technologies, but also develop customized solutions that are specifically tailored to the needs of our customers. We help organizations optimize their security architecture, improve user experience, and minimize administrative overhead.


SAP Identity Service plays a critical role in the modern IT landscape by enabling secure, scalable, and efficient management of user identities and authorizations. By leveraging its extensive features and integration options, organizations can raise their security standards while ensuring a seamless user experience across different applications and platforms. With HO2 and our InnovateSAP initiative by your side, you can be sure that you will receive the best possible solutions to achieve your digital transformation goals.